My favorite song right now is “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons. Aside from being an incredible three-and-a-half minutes of music, the lyrics are really powerful. I don’t know what the band’s beliefs are, but something about the words to that songs resonate with me.
Tonight, one particular line really speaks to me in a way that is independent of the song as a whole. The second half of the song’s main chorus says, “And I’ll find strength in pain.” I’m finding that to be true this evening.
Tonight I said goodbye to my grandmother for what I can only presume to be the last time. And though my family has had about two months to prepare for it, it’s not easy. In fact, it’s downright difficult. Even though I know in my heart of hearts that goodbye is really a “see you later” as she prepares for heaven, it’s not any easier to do without her presence here on earth.
My strength right now (and, well, always) comes from two things. First of all, I always find great strength in my faith. I can’t tell you enough what the faith that I’ve had for practically my entire life means to me. Second, I gain strength in the support, thoughts, and prayers of family, friends, co-workers, and people from church. (All four of those areas of relationships blend and weave together in amazing ways.) If it weren’t for the amazing people surrounding me, this journey would me infinitely more difficult.
So, thank you to everyone who has supported and prayed for me during this time. And thank You, God, for the promise of eternal life that awaits. Both mean more to me than I can express.
Here’s the video for the song, by the way. I’ll have to write more about what it means to me as a whole sometime soon…